The F-Type Coupe is based on the automaker’s C-X16 concept, introduced at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. Built on an all-aluminum platform, the model also takes many of its cues from the Jaguar F-Type Convertible....More
The Mini Cooper designers insisted on retaining certain characteristics – the soft edges, circular headlamps, short overhangs, tall roofline and go-cart handling – and BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer is glad they did....More
Despite the familial resemblance, Mini executives say virtually every aspect of the new vehicle, including all the sheet metal, the seats, grille, suspension, interior electronics and even the antenna, is re-engineered.
The pickup leverages a vehicle platform already underpinning a midsize pickup with same name in Asia, but receives significant tweaks for the North American market and also borrows bits from the ’14 Chevy Silverado....More
GM says the new Colorado will lead the segment in terms of power, payload and trailering capability at a maximum of 6,700 lbs. (3,039 kg), relying on a standard 2.5L 4-cyl. engine or an optional 3.6L V-6. It will also feature for the ’16 model year a new diesel engine for North America in the form of 2.8L turbocharged I-4.
The prevailing view that automated systems first will be used in Europe and North America is being challenged by Chinese interest in what Magna International executive Frank O’Brien calls the digital lifestyle....More
The local industry recognizes there’s still work to be done to improve quality and upgrade technology – huge tasks, in fact. But government officials and company insiders say it’s time to prepare for a bigger play around the world....More
Model-year changeovers in the truck business these days bring with them more updates than in the recent past. Competitive pressures are too intense to let a product go untouched, GM marketers say....More
Next year, GM expects to have 14 core platforms and 12 regional architectures in play. That will decrease to 11 core and two regional platforms, plus two flexible architectures in 2020, before going solely to four component-set platforms in 2025....More
Should the government publicize vehicle-performance data reported by manufacturers and used to identify potential safety defects? Are thousands of scattered eyes necessarily better than a single trained eye?...More